There are 40 million Spanish speakers in the United States and the Spanish-speaking population is still growing rapidly. With over 400 million speakers, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. Spanish is an official language on four continents and is the native language in 21 countries, including the United States.

About the Major

As a Spanish major at Ohio Wesleyan you will not only learn how to understand, speak, read and write Spanish, so as to be able to communicate effectively with native Spanish speakers, but you will also gain an understanding of the diverse cultures that exist within the countries where Spanish is spoken. While our beginning and intermediate level Spanish courses focus on honing your communication skills in the language, at the advanced level you will have an opportunity to delve deeper into various topics related to the Spanish-speaking world and learn how to analyze and interpret authentic cultural materials with an awareness of the (socio-cultural, historical and political) contexts in which cultural production takes place.

All Spanish majors must satisfy an Immersion Requirement. This can be done in one of the following ways:

● They must successfully complete an accredited Spanish study abroad program approved by the department; it must be a minimum of 8 weeks in length and transfer at least one unit of credit at the intermediate level or above to count towards the Spanish major or minor.

● they must show that they have studied an academic year (at least 9 months) in a Spanish-language high-school or university; or

● they must document that they spent at least one calendar year abroad (12 months) in a Spanish language immersion environment; or

● they must be a heritage Spanish speaker entering at the 250 level or above; or

● they must be a native Spanish speaker (having grown up speaking Spanish as their primary language, either here in the U.S. or in a Spanish-speaking country).

Study Abroad in Spain at the University of Navarra in Pamplona

Most of our Spanish majors fulfill the immersion requirement by spending a semester abroad. Many of them do so by participating in our Pamplona Program in Spain, either in fall or spring semester. If choosing a program other than Pamplona, Spanish majors must first make an appointment with the Chair of the MFL Department and complete the academic guidelines for study abroad. Detailed information about approved off-campus study programs, financial aid and billing is available in the Office of International and Off-Campus Programs. Click here for the Academic Guidelines for Study Abroad (PDF).

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